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Busting the gTLD search myth

International29-07-2015

Ever since 2012, when ICANN opened the application stage for new gTLDs, there have been claims that they will perform better in search results than existing suffixes. However, as TBO reports, that is not the case.

Has .sucks set a dangerous precedent?

International22-07-2015Flip Petillion and Stuart Fuller

The pricing model for the .sucks gTLD has caused concern for many brand owners, say Flip Petillion of Crowell & Moring and Stuart Fuller of NetNames.

Rolling back the years: ‘initial interest confusion’ returns

US15-07-2015

A US appeals court has ruled in a trademark dispute concerning search results on Amazon’s website that the rarely used doctrine of ‘initial interest confusion’ may apply to the case. TBO reports.

Can you afford not to have a ‘dot brand’?

International08-07-2015Roland LaPlante

Now is the time for companies to prepare themselves for a ‘dot brand’ domain, says Roland LaPlante, chief marketing officer at Afilias, on behalf of NetNames.

The rise of the Instagrammer

International01-07-2015

Sponsored photographs on Instagram present brands with both opportunities and risks, while unofficial endorsements may also cause them headaches. TBO reports.

Suck it up: why brands can benefit from the .sucks TLD

International24-06-2015John Berard

Quite possibly the most controversial TLD ever to have launched, .sucks is now on general sale. John Berard, chief executive of Vox Populi, the registry behind the contentious domain, gives his side of the story and explains why brands can benefit from a .sucks web address.

Strides in the right direction

International, UK17-06-2015Mike Weatherley

The British government is showing commitment to IP protection but there is still much to be done, says Mike Weatherley, former IP adviser to the prime minister.

ICANN: life after Fadi Chehadé

International10-06-2015Greg Shatan

With so much going on at ICANN, the resignation of chief executive Fadi Chehadé couldn’t have come at a trickier time. Greg Shatan, president of the IP constituency at the organisation, ponders who might step up to the plate and discusses the task he or she faces.

The meaning of links

EU03-06-2015Peder Oxhammar and James Whymark

Whether the presence of an internet hyperlink could potentially be a copyright-infringing communication is a continuing question for the European courts. Peder Oxhammar and James Whymark of Baker & McKenzie report.

Countering the Alibaba effect

International27-05-2015Jan Maarten Laurijssen

Alibaba Group platforms are often at the top of the list of brand-infringing e-commerce websites, says Jan Maarten Laurijssen of Pointer Brand Protection. Here are some tips for how brands can stay safe and detect infringements.

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